Ireland has an extensive road system due to the large rural population that exists. As you travel in Ireland, you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, peaceful countryside and many destinations to explore. Most sights and attractions are a short distance from wherever you are because of the small size of this island nation. Remember, in Ireland, traffic travels on the left hand side of the road.
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the left and passing is on the right. You should turn left when entering a traffic circle. The pedals on manual transmission cars are in the same order as manual transmission cars in the United States.
In Ireland the following require you to pay a toll: M1, M4, East Link Bridge and West Link Bridge. Toll amounts are dependent on the vehicle category and can range from $2-$12 USD.
Speed limits are typically standard and determined by the classification of the road, but many roads will at some point, have a lower speed limit sign posted. Below are the types of roads and speed limits:
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Finding a place to park your rental car can be tricky depending on where you find yourself in Ireland. Parking alongside the road in unofficial parking spots is frowned upon in rural areas (especially along windy sections of narrow roads where this style of parking poses a safety hazard). This practice is actually prohibited in urban areas unless you're handicapped. Parking tends to be more difficult in Ireland the closer to a city center you get. Parking rates are fairly cheap in most cities but travelers will notice higher rates in Dublin.
Parking in a city in Ireland typically entails finding a spot, and then walking to it's associated pay machine, where you will pay a parking fee based on how long you would like to park. This is commonly referred to as "pay and display" parking. If you are staying in a hotel in a city, many centrally located hotels will not have parking directly on the premises. There will likely be car parks in the area but it is important to check with your hotel or hostel for their policy or recommendation. Hotels with free parking can be rare in certain cities so do your research!
Parking Tickets & Fines
Similar to what we have in the United States, many cities and towns in Ireland utilize a parking boot (known as a "clamp" in Ireland) to penalize people who park illegally. Parking where there is a double yellow line is prohibited while double red lines mean no parking OR waiting at any time. Be aware of Ireland's road signs, if you're in a no parking area, then your vehicle is likely to be clamped or towed. Cars that are towed away or clamped incur fines of up to €160 for release. If you receive a parking ticket, immediately contact your car rental supplier and arrange a payment plan if you are not planning on paying the ticket up front.
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If you're planning on acquiring a rental car in Ireland during your vacation, it's important to understand local driving laws and child safety information. Knowing and understanding the traffic laws and regulations is crucial to guaranteeing a hassle-free trip. Below you'll find all you need to know about the driving laws in Ireland - part of Auto Europe's effort to assist you in avoiding traffic fines while maintaining a high level of safety and comfort while on the road.
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